Photo of the Week: 7–13 October


Kestrel by Pete Blanchard


Lots of factors have to come together for a winning shot and in this image of a hovering Kestrel by Pete Blanchard all the necessary factors have combined to produce that something special.

Using a 300mm f2.8 lens with a 2× converter attached has resulted in the bird being a good size in the frame meaning less cropping has been necessary for a quality image; the perfect light has enabled a fast shutter speed to be used freezing the wings and fanned tail, while the beautiful blue sky has set off the photo to perfection.

Congratulations to Pete on his second POTW of 2015; this is the 40th winner this year so not too long left now to become a winner yourself and in with a chance of Photo of the Year.

You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.

Other notable images

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Ian Andrews)

Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail, Kidwelly, Carmarthen (Photo: Wayne Davies)

Sparrowhawk, Loughton, Essex (Photo: Brian Anderson)

Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler, Pennington Flash CP, Greater Manchester (Photo: John Tymon)

Merlin, undisclosed site, Shropshire (Photo: Tony Webb)

Red-flanked Bluetail
Red-flanked Bluetail, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Richard Stonier)

Lapland Bunting
Lapland Bunting, St. Mary's Island, Northumberland (Photo: Jonathan Farooqi (Age 15))

Little Crake
Little Crake, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Vern Wright)

Jay, Stanley, Durham (Photo: Ron Hindhaugh)

Sunbittern, Brazil (Photo: John Anderson)

Moorhen, Attenborough NR, Nottinghamshire (Photo: Steve Whiteley)

Goldcrest, St. Mary's Island, Northumberland (Photo: Frank Golding)

Shore Lark
Shore Lark, Blyth, Northumberland (Photo: Marsch)

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike, Beeston Regis, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Written by: Steve Young